I get a lot of spam messages on Instagram, (who doesn’t?), but sometimes a well placed outreach message can hit the mark. That is how I was introduced to The Break Plans. A simple search on their part lead them to my post about Magic Giant, and they slipped into my DMs asking if I’d take a listen to their tracks based on the music that I like already. It’s easy to lure me in with a promise of good music presented with a good attitude, and they did exactly that. Little did they know, at the time, that I also write for this site. I am glad that they found me, though, because I’m thrilled to be able to share them with you now!
The Break Plans are based out of Freehold, NJ, and came together thanks to the help of a Craigslist ad. The band’s lead singer, Colton Braun, responded to an ad put out by long time songwriter, Mikey Strawz. The band became a trio in 2019 when Daniel Carr joined as a permanent fixture. Together, this trio released a set of solid tracks throughout 2019-2020, and they aim to release their first EP in 2021.
They found me due to my existing love for Magic Giant, and the similar vibes they give off in their music – but I also hear style influences similar to Walk the Moon, The Killers, Colony House, and Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. Honestly, though, I would drop the comparisons and say that The Break Plans manage to snag a sound that is also very much all their own. Based on their current tracks alone, I could see this band really going places, and I hope that they start filling up the hearts of many new listeners. I am definitely looking forward to the release of their debut EP, and hope that they consider touring to the West coast once the pandemic stops delaying live music.
I had a hard time narrowing down my playlist selections to just three songs, because all of the songs by The Break Plans are really great. Take a listen to my top three picks on our Bad Ass Break-Outs playlist below (but also give the band a follow on Spotify to stay up to date with future releases):